domenica 6 marzo 2011

Glenn Hauser logs March 5-6, 2011

** BRAZIL. 11925.1, March 6 at 0630, R. Bandeirantes, São Paulo, typically off-frequency, poor with deep fades, sounds like Carnaval coverage. Meanwhile, nothing from 11815 R. Brasil Central, which a few nights ago was in well while Bands was not.

Meanwhile2, super-signal on 11780 from RNA, definitely in Carnaval parade coverage, continuous music in background. It could be live, even tho it`s the middle of the night, 3:30 am = 0630 UT Sunday March 6, the one day of week when 11780 runs all-night, anyway.

This year`s Carnaval in Rio lasts from March 4 to 8, so we are right in the middle of it; next year, due to the luney vagaries of Easter timing, it will be quite earlier, Feb 17-21. Are there minor carnavais in SP and other Braz cities too? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 5045-, March 6 at 0623 music, poor signal but free of ACI from Cuba, now usually off after 0600, presumed R. Cultura do Pará. Frequency was slightly on low side compared to KBS via Sackville 6045 --- but the latter may not be right on 6045.00 itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, RHC missing again at 0620 check March 6, while two nights earlier it was on for most of this hour instead of 0600*.

17750, big open carrier March 6 at 1405, no doubt the Cuban transmitter standing by for `Aló, Presidente` only on Sunday mornings. The other A,P frequencies were not on: 13750, 15370, 13680. Normal RHC programming on 13780. Recheck at 1510, 17750 was off, and still no 13750, while at 1513 RHC on 15360, 13780, 11730 --- and 11760, which is supposed to be in Esperanto during this one semi-hour per week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa has not been heard here for some weeks; and the last log I can find of it was on Feb 7. Has anyone else heard it since then? We can`t wait to discover whether convicted sex-offending evangelist Tony Alamo is still being carried (Glenn Hauser, OK, March 6, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4052.5-, R. Verdad with better signal than usual; wonder if power has been bumped up, but still no QSY to 4055, March 6 on the air late at 0616 Hammond organ, very brief sign-off announcements in Spanish and English, 0617.5 NA starts which we know will run another 5 minutes or so. Some T-storm noise now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 21540, MOI way over co-channel Spain, no more than a SAH while R. Kuwait is Qur`aning, March 6 at 1445-1455; finally a woman is allowed to speak briefly at 1455, and 1500 into presumed news in Arabic, but had gone off before next check at 1509 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. VOAf from the GJ, still on only one frequency, 21695 missing, and very poor on remaining 17725, March 6 at 1405 with usual now totally wrong frequency announcement in English as 21695 & 17850. The usual other 13m signals were propagating from 21505 to 21655. Still 17725 only, at 1510. Perhaps the second Sabrata transmitter is the one now on 7500, reported a bit earlier by Günter Lorenz in Germany // MW 972 using remote receivers in Sicily, Greece and northern Italy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KXOK-31, Enid`s only TV station, lost video and audio during original RTV `Battlestar Glactica` after 0200 UT Sunday March 6 --- black screen when viewing DTV off the air, and also nothing via Suddenlink cable. Finally came back on around 0235, and ID slide now mentions not only channel 18 in Ponca City but K35JY Lamont so that translator is now on the air --- it`s roughly halfway between here and Ponca, filling in a LP coverage gap. So I aimed at it and did get a `bad` DTV signal on 35, while more powerful OETA 38 Ponca was not decoding either, during dead conditions (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3195, new frequency of WWCR-1, ex-7465, March 5 at 2313 with `Golden Age of Radio Theatre`. It`s really too early before sunset to be on 90+ meters, but maybe OK to the east. 3195 is too weak to audiblize presumed accompanying parasitic spurs which should be on 3179.4 and 3210.6, both only 5.6 kHz from the two WWRB frequencies:

WWRB [q.v.] is also on two 90m channels by 2314, 3185 Brother Scare which is stronger than 3195, and 3215 promo loop, which is weaker than 3195 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, WWRB, March 6 at 2314 is running continuous loop of about a minute with Dave Frantz looking for customers at $65 per hour, $33 per half-hour, plus live streaming, see website. Same on // 5050 which was better. Can`t blame him for filling unsold airtime this way; after all, billboards and newspapers do it, but we`d still rather hear big band music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1554 monitoring: 9955, WRMI, March 6 at 1655 check, inaudible, trace of carrier without jamming, but confirmed on webcast; next airing: 1830.

C-JOY on internet only has moved WOR to 1900 UT Sundays:

UNIDENTIFIED. 1440, trying for the WFNY, Gloversville NY DX test at 06-07 UT March 6, mostly dominating the jumble was an ESPN station, perhaps WGEM Quincy IL. At 0642 UT, I heard a few beeps of Morse code, probably this, but not enough to copy. Numerous others closer confirm the test did run as scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###